Paget Papers

Scope and Content

The Paget Papers at Keele comprise several hundred manuscript letters, mainly sixteenth century, relating to Tudor political and diplomatic history. The papers include materials relating to the marriage of Prince Arthur to Catherine of Aragon, a signet stamp of Henry VIII, a letter of William Byrd, and letters from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

Administrative / Biographical History

The fortunes of the Paget family were founded by William, First Lord Paget, a chief minister of the mid-Tudor period. Initially the family lived in Staffordshire at Beaudesert, later moving to Plas Newydd, Wales, where they now reside as the Marquesses of Anglesey.

Reference: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (London, Macmillan, 1995).



Access Information

There are no restrictions on access to these papers. Viewing is by prior appointment.

Acquisition Information

This collection is on deposit from the Marquis of Anglesey.


English, Latin

Other Finding Aids

The collection is not listed.

An authority record exists for the Paget Family (GB 152 AAR1977).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.


Works using the material

Reference: Harrison, S.J., 'William Byrd and the Pagets of Beaudesert: A Musical Connection' in Staffordshire Studies (Volume 3, 1991).

Additional Information

English, Latin